Don’t have a CS degree? Neither do I! That’s why I wrote this book: to fill the gaps in my career. The result? 700+ pages of essentials skills and ideas every developer should know.
I'm a self-taught developer, and for most of my career, I've learned what was required to get the job done. When conversations veered toward core concepts, I disengaged. I decided to change all of this in 2014. I sat down and looked up all of the topics that a typical CS degree covers and then I dove in. The result is The Imposter’s Handbook: a compendium of my year-long quest to fill the holes in my CS knowledge.
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Follow along with Dee Yan, our fictional data science intern, as she assumes the job of interim database administrator at the fictional aerospace startup, Red:4. She’ll learn PostgreSQL like we all do: on the job and under pressure.
She needs to assemble, normalize, query and optimize data from the Cassini mission so it can go along as reference material for SELFI, NASA’s next-generation sensor that has a singular job: verify life under Saturn's ice moon: Enceladus.
Mostly a PostgreSQL tutorial, this book also has a narrative element in the spirit of The Martian. You'll start out with the basics: creating tables and importing data. Soon, however, you'll be awash in glorious SQL and data from space, creating functions, common table expressions and calculating aggregates using window functions.
Is there life under the ice of Enceladus? Let's ask the data...
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These topics have always been a bit of a blind spot for me so I asked my friend Scott Hanselman to help me dive in and figure this stuff out. The journey continues with Season 2 of The Imposter’s Handbook. We dive into the flow of information: from the roots of logic through Boolean Algebra, binary and bitwise operations, information theory, encryption, hashing, blockchain and a lot more.
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This is an ebook. A print book will be available in the future - but this is not a physical book.
I loathe coding interviews. They're tedious, annoying and the questions they ask have very little to do with the job you're applying for. So why do they ask these questions?
I made the video that I wished I had years ago, when applying at Microsoft, Avanade, Google and others. Something to get me past the frustration and actually allow me to enjoy the process. I needed a video that would show me what I needed to review, the strategies involved and that, YES, it's doable. So I made one!
I also wanted to see how an expert would solve these tough problems so I asked Jon Skeet to join me for a 5-question interview session, just like you would find at Google, where Jon works. He interviews people all the time - now he gets a taste of his own medicine!
Taking control of your career can be lifechanging - the freedom to work on what you want when you want is intoxicating. In 2004 I was going to give it all up, ready to go back to school so I could earn my commercial captian's license with the goal of driving tugboats in San Francisco Bay. Luckily, a friend talked me out of it as he needed some help with a project he was working on at PayPal.
Thus started my journey as a solo developer... which hasn't always been fun. Turns out that it's really easy to screw the whole thing up if you don't start with a solid plan. That's why I made this video.
I've packaged everything I've learned about running a solo business over the last 15 years into a solid, tightly-edited hourlong video.
Have you been parked in a Big Job for the last few years? Feel like you need to pull a miracle together? This package is for you. Pump up your CS skills with The Imposter's Handbookand then get yourself ready for the Big Interview with Mission: Interview. Keep your options open with Going Solo in case the next Big Job doesn't work out! Learning is fun!
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You get the basic Mission: Interview package along with the basic (just the book) Imposter's Handbook ($30), plus our Going Solo production ($15). You will be prepared!
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Big Machine was founded in 2015 by Rob Conery (me). Before this happened, Rob (me) made videos for Pluralsight, and before that he made videos (and wrote stuff) for himself through his company Tekpub. Rob likes to explore things - perhaps a better way of putting it is that Rob likes to break things - it's what he does best. He wants you to be educated in your strong opinion. To care a bit more deeply about a given technology that you cling to. He wants you to love what you do. That's Big Machine.